A visit to Fort McHenry should be on everyone's itinerary while visiting Baltimore. The location is primarily known for its role in the Battle of Baltimore which took place during the War of 1812. Named after James McHenry, the Secretary of War during the War of 1812, Fort McHenry is one of the most historically accurate, best-preserved sites in Baltimore. The American troops stopped a British Invasion and it was here that during the bombardment of the fort, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the Star-Spangled Banner. The poem was later put to music and it became the national anthem of the United States. When you visit the fort, check out fascinating exhibits, watch an orientation film, and walk around the fort as part of the experience.
When you arrive, you should stop by the Visitor Center where you can find exhibits, a gift shop, and shows an orientation film about the history of the fort. There are a few museums which include the fort, the barracks, and related structures. Within the barracks, you can see the Enlistment Quarters, uniform and weapons displays, videos, the Junior Officers’ Quarters, a powder magazine, and the 1814 Guard House.
Fort McHenry also hosts special events throughout the year. In the summer months, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Living History Programs and fireworks on Flag Day and Defenders’ Day. The Living History Programs are fun for visitors of all ages during which time you will learn about the history of the fort and have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities in the course of the programs.